Nesibe Peker

Dr. Nesibe Peker received her BSc degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2013. The same year, she was awarded TEV-SINGA scholarship and started to pursue her Ph.D. at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. During her Ph.D., she investigated mitochondrial biogenesis and turnover in skeletal muscle of Parkinson’s disease models at Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, National University of Singapore. After completion of her Ph.D. in 2018, she received a postdoctoral fellowship from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and returned to Turkey by joining Prof. Dr. Devrim Gozuacik laboratory. Dr. Peker continues her research activities at KUTTAM, Koc University School of Medicine by investigating the role of autophagy in lung cancer progression and metastasis.

Selected Publications

Peker, N. & Gozuacik, D. Autophagy as a Cellular Stress Response Mechanism in the Nervous System. Journal of Molecular Biology (2020) doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2020.01.017.

Peker, N., Donipadi, V., Sharma, M., McFarlane, C. & Kambadur, R. Loss of Parkin impairs mitochondrial function and leads to muscle atrophy. Am. J. Physiol. – Cell Physiol. (2018) doi:10.1152/ajpcell.00064.2017.

Manfredi, L. H., Ang, J., Peker, N., Dagda, R. K. & McFarlane, C. G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 regulates mitochondrial bioenergetics and impairs myostatin-mediated autophagy in muscle cells. Am. J. Physiol. – Cell Physiol. (2019) doi:10.1152/ajpcell.00516.2018.